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Core Practice Drills to Improve Your Game

with Corinne Desrosiers,
Florida Tech Head Women's Coach;
2016 Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year;
former Merrimack College Head Women's Coach;
2008 WomensLacrosse.com Division II National Coach of the Year

Every coach understands that to compete in game situations, players must learn to complete in practice. Conversely, all players know that the more competitive each practice is, the more fun practice will be.

Corinne Desrosiers offers a number of situational drills that will help you create a set of "go-to" drills (or augment your existing favorite drills). The nine drills that Desrosiers presents cover all aspects of the game and are ready to be used in any practice.

  • Some of the topics addressed include:

    • Quick reactions and decision making
    • Speed and ball protection
    • Shooting/finishing and changing the point of attack
    • Draw controls and motion associated with draws
    • Defensive concepts

    See how Desrosiers has adapted drills that you may be familiar with to fit the needs of her team, and how the progression of these drills can benefit individual and team play concepts. Her team's elaborate scoring system for multiple repetitions for each group creates a sense of urgency and accountability in drills that, while essential, are fun to execute.

    Offensive and Defensive Situations

    Great lacrosse players must recognize situations in which they have an extra offensive player. The Fire drill and the Downhill 4v3 drill both create clear offensive advantages that all players must recognize and adapt to. Drills with an extra offensive player demand sound offensive skills, and, with the absence of a defender, they force remaining defenders to be disciplined. Thus, these drills are essential and beneficial to personnel on both sides of the ball.

    Great players must also learn to execute in even situations, and the 3v3 Mini Stick drill eliminates the extra offensive player while still creating a disadvantage for the defense. Similarly, the Avocado drill is an excellent drill that uses 1v1's to develop larger overall awareness.

    It's difficult to work on full-field concepts if you have a smaller team or are missing players due to injury. Coach Desrosiers' Marble drill is a great progressive drill that works on full-field concepts when your team is unable to complete a full team, full-field scrimmage. You'll see how this drill works on offensive and defensive core concepts such as fast breaks, player-up situations, midfield cuts, and more.

    Every great practice requires fundamental stick work, and the Maryland drill and the Ground Ball Train offer high-repetition skill work with a tempo that is engaging and challenging.

    Enhance Your Pre-Game Warm-Up

    Struggling with a good pre-game routine? See the essential drills Coach Desrosiers uses in her pre-game warm-ups. Through a simple progression, you'll learn how the individual player and team unit can prepare for game play.

    The most effective practices are filled with drills that involve multiple players from multiple positions. Coach Desrosiers offers a multitude of these dynamic, competitive drills in this fantastic video!

    85 minutes. 2018.

  • DVD
    Buy at Championship Productions

    Cover: team conditioning drills for lacrosse
    Team Conditioning Drills for Lacrosse

    with Corinne Desrosiers,
    Florida Tech Head Women's Coach;
    2016 Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year;
    former Merrimack College Head Women's Coach;
    2008 WomensLacrosse.com Division II National Coach of the Year

    As a coach, you need well-conditioned players. Assessing the fitness of your athletes as they return to your program after the off-season is an important component in determining the conditioning needs for your preseason and season.

    In this video, Corinne Desrosiers outlines her conditioning plan for the season. She starts with a grading system that allows each player to improve for the benefit of the team. Coach Desrosiers outlines conditioning drills both with and without sticks. With a detailed walk-through of each drill on the white board, followed by her team executing the drills on the field, you will be able to enhance your team's fitness and conditioning starting day one of your preseason.

    A Grading System for Conditioning

    Desrosiers starts by explain a grading system for both individuals and the team as a whole, and how she uses it to determine the fitness of her athletes as they return from the off-season. Learn how she determines the metric for the individual athlete and how this ties to the team metric, and ultimately helps determine the conditioning plan for her season. Each player will be challenged to improve their times or reps for the benefit of the whole team. The philosophy is that each player is more apt to improve to benefit the team instead of self.

    Conditioning Runs

    With her series of intense conditioning runs, Desrosiers provides you with numerous options to vary the conditioning aspect of your program. You'll learn how these runs relate to the game and have more benefit than conditioning.

    In her Spider and the Fly run, you'll see how players push themselves to win a foot race, which supports the concept of quick transitions down the field, recovery, and fast breaks. See how the competitive nature of this drill pushes Desrosiers' team to run the drill hard!

    Coach Desrosiers gives these drills a competitive edge by putting players in groups according to their sprinting ability. This gives players an incentive to move up in a group or, negatively, move down if they are not performing on that day. This makes players more accountable regarding their performance during conditioning practice.

    In-season, you may wish to taper back on the straight conditioning drills. Desrosiers takes you through three drills you can use in any practice that work on both conditioning and important offensive, defensive, and transitional play concepts.

    The number of conditioning drills presented by Coach Desrosiers in this video, both standalone and within practice drills, are a valuable addition to any program. You will get a strategy to grade your team to boost their physical fitness!

    75 minutes. 2018.

    DVD
    Buy at Championship Productions

    Cover: open practice: individual and team progressions
    Open Practice: Individual and Team Progressions

    featuring Richie Meade,
    Furman University Head Men's Lacrosse Coach;
    former U.S. Men's National Senior Team Head Coach;
    former U.S. Naval Academy Men's Lacrosse Coach (2004 National Championship runner-up, 5x Patriot League Champions);
    2004 National Coach of the Year; 2x Patriot League Coach of the Year

    and John Haus,
    Penn State University Assistant Coach;
    former Furman University Assistant Coach;
    All-American Player for the University of Maryland

    Sustained success on game days requires organized practices that build, emphasize, and implement all of the necessary skills on both ends of the field. Richie Meade takes you to the whiteboard and between the white lines for an intimate look into how he organizes and runs his practices in preparation for a battle with a top Division I opponent.

    In this video, Coach Meade outlines his practice scheme and introduces drills and philosophies on the whiteboard before heading outside to run through his team through a full practice. Coach Meade presents drills that build on themselves and culminate in a 6v6 drill between the starting offense and defense.

    As a bonus, Meade and his assistants detail a 1-4-1 motion offense and their basic defensive philosophies on the whiteboard before the players put those principles into practice on the field.

    Whiteboard Diagrams

    Before stepping out on the field, Coach Meade and his assistants present several of the drills they put their team through during practice, making sure you perfectly understand the movements and purpose behind every drill. Meade and his staff go a step further, demonstrating how a simple wing dodge drill is the root of the 1-4-1 motion offense that they run.

    Meade also outlines a basic practice structure that any coach can follow and adapt before taking you through the principles that make up their team defense.

    Contact Period

    After running his team through the stick work drills explained on the whiteboard, Coach Meade breaks his team up into three groups for the contact period - a series of quick-hitting ground ball drills. With just 2 to 3 minutes slated for each drill, the players are pushed to go harder and faster as they rotate between three stations. Stations include:

    • 1v1 with a Winner
    • 3v2 with Two Balls
    • 1v1 Plus 1

    Half-Field 6v6

    Coming off a full-field clearing drill that ends in a brief 6v6, Coach Meade pits his starting offense against a scout defense and his top defenders against a scout offense on separate ends of the field. He and his assistants constantly critique the individual and team efforts as the players put the drills and philosophies presented earlier into action. The drill culminates with the top players, offense and defense, squaring off and putting it all together.

    3v2 Ground Ball Drill

    In this drill, three offensive players and two defenders compete for a loose ball that quickly turns into a scramble situation as the offense attacks the goal 3v2. As Coach Meade says, there is no way to simulate, through static stick work drills, the passes required to capitalize on a numbers advantage. Through this drill, offensive players learn to quickly get the ball up off the ground, find the open man, and get the defense scrambling. Then they do it again, as a second ball comes rolling in as soon as the offense scores or throws the ball away.

    Stick Work

    Rather than putting his players through stale passing drills, Coach Meade runs his offensive players through intense stick work drills that not only simulate realistic passes, but force players to make passes under intense pressure. Meanwhile, the defense runs through a set of over-the-shoulder passes that form the base of any successful clear.

    6v6

    Coach Meade pits his top offensive players against an aggressive scout defense. They run through both 2-3-1 and 2-2-2 offensive sets, with the coaches stopping the drill and providing concise corrections w

    DVD
    Buy at Championship Productions

    Cover: corinne desrosiers practice drills for lacrosse 2-pack
    Corinne Desrosiers Practice Drills for Lacrosse 2-Pack
    LXD-05339A:

    with Corinne Desrosiers,
    Florida Tech Head Women's Coach;
    2016 Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year;
    former Merrimack College Head Women's Coach;
    2008 WomensLacrosse.com Division II National Coach of the Year

    Every coach understands that to compete in game situations, players must learn to complete in practice. Conversely, all players know that the more competitive each practice is, the more fun practice will be.

    Corinne Desrosiers offers a number of situational drills that will help you create a set of "go-to" drills (or augment your existing favorite drills). The nine drills that Desrosiers presents cover all aspects of the game and are ready to be used in any practice.

  • Some of the topics addressed include:

    • Quick reactions and decision making
    • Speed and ball protection
    • Shooting/finishing and changing the point of attack
    • Draw controls and motion associated with draws
    • Defensive concepts

    See how Desrosiers has adapted drills that you may be familiar with to fit the needs of her team, and how the progression of these drills can benefit individual and team play concepts. Her team's elaborate scoring system for multiple repetitions for each group creates a sense of urgency and accountability in drills that, while essential, are fun to execute.

    Offensive and Defensive Situations

    Great lacrosse players must recognize situations in which they have an extra offensive player. The Fire drill and the Downhill 4v3 drill both create clear offensive advantages that all players must recognize and adapt to. Drills with an extra offensive player demand sound offensive skills, and, with the absence of a defender, they force remaining defenders to be disciplined. Thus, these drills are essential and beneficial to personnel on both sides of the ball.

    Great players must also learn to execute in even situations, and the 3v3 Mini Stick drill eliminates the extra offensive player while still creating a disadvantage for the defense. Similarly, the Avocado drill is an excellent drill that uses 1v1's to develop larger overall awareness.

    It's difficult to work on full-field concepts if you have a smaller team or are missing players due to injury. Coach Desrosiers' Marble drill is a great progressive drill that works on full-field concepts when your team is unable to complete a full team, full-field scrimmage. You'll see how this drill works on offensive and defensive core concepts such as fast breaks, player-up situations, midfield cuts, and more.

    Every great practice requires fundamental stick work, and the Maryland drill and the Ground Ball Train offer high-repetition skill work with a tempo that is engaging and challenging.

    Enhance Your Pre-Game Warm-Up

    Struggling with a good pre-game routine? See the essential drills Coach Desrosiers uses in her pre-game warm-ups. Through a simple progression, you'll learn how the individual player and team unit can prepare for game play.

    The most effective practices are filled with drills that involve multiple players from multiple positions. Coach Desrosiers offers a multitude of these dynamic, competitive drills in this fantastic video!

    85 minutes. 2018.



    LXD-05339B:

    with Corinne Desrosiers,
    Florida Tech Head Women's Coach;
    2016 Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year;
    former Merrimack College Head Women's Coach;
    2008 WomensLacrosse.com Division II National Coach of the Year

    As a coach, you need well-conditioned players. Assessing the fitness of your athletes as they return to your program after the off-season is an important component in determining the conditioning needs for your preseason and season.

    In this video, Corinne Desrosiers outlines her conditioning plan for the season. She starts with a grading system that allows each player to improve for the benefit of the team. Coach Desrosiers outlines conditioning drills both with and wit

  • DVD
    Buy at Championship Productions

    Cover: attacking the offensive ground ball
    Attacking the Offensive Ground Ball

    with Dan Keating,
    St. Joseph's University Associate Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator;
    Back-to-Back undefeated conference regular season marks (2014-15);
    Offense led Northeast Conference in scoring and man-up production in 2015;
    Produced back-to-back NEC offensive players of the year (2014-15)

    Dan Keating is helping to turn the St. Joseph's men's lacrosse team into a Northeast Conference power. In 2015, St. Joseph's ranked 12th in the nation in scoring margin and man-up offense, and 24th in scoring offense - which also led the Northeast Conference in all three categories.

    Ground balls have become a prominent scoring option for many teams at all levels. In this video, Dan Keating provides his philosophy and teaching of techniques to kick start offense off a ground ball.

    Using a progression of practice drills, Keating demonstrates 10 drills that build up ground ball play from individual to group and team drills. He provides in-depth commentary and whiteboard illustrations to show how your whole team can operate with ground ball play, and also reinforces techniques such as scooping and spacing off ball.

    Use unsettled situations in the offensive end to your advantage!

    It can be difficult to score 6v6 in the offensive end. Coach Keating discusses how to use routine ground ball situations to attack an unsettled defense, and turn these situations into scoring opportunities. These ground ball principles can be used anywhere on the field to not only increase offensive opportunities, but to enhance transition play as well.

    Ground ball principles to reinforce your offensive principles!

    Coach Keating shows how to build an offensive culture of attacking ground balls with the intention of creating scoring opportunities. He starts with the importance of running through a ground ball, then providing the ball with an outlet to the right and left of the ball carrier in order to move the ball quickly off the ground. From there, Keating discusses the importance of moving the ball to the backside of an unsettled defense to promote scoring opportunities. Providing outlets, moving the ball two passes, and attacking the backside are not only important in ground ball play, but in general offensive play as well.

    Create an attacking mentality when the ball is on the ground!

    Keating uses seven drills as he progresses from practicing picking up a ground ball, to providing outlets and using ball movement, to how to use a ground ball to move directly into your offensive scheme.

    The "3 Second" drill progression promotes not only providing outlets to the ball on a ground ball, but moving the ball quickly. Each group has three seconds to pick up the ball and quickly move it to attack the backside of the defense. Coach Keating adds layers to the drill to create a comprehensive offensive attack off of a ground ball.

    Practice progresses into a full 6-on-6 segment where the entire team offense works on ground ball offense and where to be in each situation.

    Coach Keating gives you everything you need to know in order to create a culture of attacking ground balls and turning them into offensive advantages!

    51 minutes. 2018.

    DVD
    Buy at Championship Productions


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